Promoting public-private partnership on container control in the region

First public-private partnership workshop in the region provided an excellent opportunity for Customs officers across the region to develop dialogue on container security and public-private partnership among companies operating on respective selected ports  as well as establishment of pre-arrival clearance mechanisms and information sharing between the Port Control Units and companies operating at the respective port cities.

The regional workshop was organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia  in June  in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan under UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme. Representatives from Customs and other law enforcement agencies from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan took part in the event. Private sectors companies operating at the air, dry and seaports in the region participated in the workshop.

During opening ceremony, Mr. Shamil Berdaliev, Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic stressed that "public-private partnership in collaboration with business community is one of the tools for state development". Donor representatives from Embassy of Japan and the United States welcomed the CCP initiative in organizing workshop.

The CCP Regional Segment for Central Asia and Azerbaijan is funded by Government of Japan, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program.